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Searcher Magazine
VOLUME 19 • NUMBER 4 • May 2011
The Magazine for Database Professionals
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Searcher's Voice
Voluntary Perils Ahead?

While there are certainly plenty of enterprises making money off the internet, the “all information wants to be free” doctrine still seems to rule. But, bq muses, what would happen if that were to change? Who would rescue the masses seeking knowledge?
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Tools of the Trade
Reboot: A Gook's Life Cycle
Can a one-time computer geek who no longer has the upper hand on technology still be a viable source of assistance to savvy Searcher readers? That’s the question Dave Rensberger asks — and answers — in a reflective look at his past PC life.

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Click here for a collection of links mentioned in this article.Internet Express
Tracking the Crackups: News on the Net
Breaking news from all corners of the globe seems to happen 24/7. So how to keep up? Irene McDermott provides an A­ -to-Z list of internet sources, from Al-Jazeera to Twitter, in the form of news aggregators, online newspapers and the international media. She throws in some news analyst sources as well.

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Library Mobile
Configuring the 'Future Textbook'
Gerry McKiernan looks at the “Future Textbook,” especially focusing on the digital textbook, from its experimental phase in the early 2000s to its current status, and what the short-term future might hold. He also brings the academic bookstore community into the discussion.
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Click here for a collection of links mentioned in this article. Urban Agriculture (UA) Is No Longer an Oxymoron
What exactly is urban agriculture? Barbie Keiser provides a primer on UA and includes one of her famous tables that breaks online UA resources into news, organizations, government-related agencies and research institutes, and networking groups.

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The New Conversation
Staying in touch has come a long way since the days of cave drawings and smoke signals. Rich Oppenheim provides a brief retrospective of the evolution of communication through the centuries and up through today’s “disruptive” messaging. He specifically highlights tools for consolidating tweets and feeds, as well as options for incorporating video and pictures into messaging.

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Click here for a collection of links mentioned in this article.Information Warfare
A Glossary of Enmity
Deborah Liptak has produced an extensive list of terminology covering all forms of malicious computer attacks that will appear in the upcoming book Web of Deceit: Misinformation and Manipulation in the Age of Social Media. Liptak has divided these security threats into two headings: how attacks are carried out and by whom. This will be an invaluable resource for keeping up-to-date on these dangerous web scams.

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Find the postal and electronic addresses, phone and fax numbers for all the companies, products, and people mentioned in this issue.

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